TechShare Pro Programme 2021

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Tuesday 16 November 2021: Business Advantage

11:00 - 12:30 Keynote: Business Advantage of Disability Inclusion

Why invest in accessibility and inclusion?
  • Christopher Patnoe - Head of Accessibility Programs and Digital Inclusion, Google
  • Prateek Madhav - Co-Founder an CEO, AssisTech Foundation
  • Varun Chandak - Founder, Access to Success Organisation
  • Bernard Chiira - Director, Innovate Now

Delivering business advantage

  • Pilar Lopez - President, Microsoft Spain
  • Alisa Choong - SVP and CIO, Information & Digital Services and Operations, Shell
  • Cristina Ghetti - Head of Workforce IT, Nestle
  • Moderator: Corie Brown - Continuity Announcer & Co-Chari of 4Purple, Channel 4


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Learn

14:15 - 15:15 Accessible packaging (sorry no recording available)

  • How does accessible packaging enable more independent lives for disabled people?
  • With RNIB, Kellogg's, Navilens, Procter and Gamble and others

14:15 - 15:15 Accessible games (sorry no recording available)

  • Learn how the XBox team is using its Accessibility PlayBook to work with studios
  • With Anita Mortaloni, Xbox, Xander Ashwell, Rare Studios, Vivek Gohil, Gaming Accessibility Consultant and Daffyd Henke-Reed, AbilityNet

15:30 - 16:30 Accessible XR/AR/VR

  • What are the accessibility challenges for Augmented and Virtual Reality - and who is addressing them?
  • Adi Latif, AbilityNet, Chris Hainsworth, Blind Burners, Matthew Johnston, Thought Works and more

15:30 - 16:30 Accessible Broadcast and Audio Description

  • Learn more about audio description and other key issues for broadcasters
  • With John Paton, RNIB, Daniel Kocmarek, Amazon Prime Video, Elfed Howells, Macroblock, Cathy Taylor, Ofcom and Roz Chalmers, Independent Audio Describer, National Theatre and Old Vic

17:00 - 18:30 Keynote: Business Advantage of Disability Inclusion

How to build a unicorn with inclusive design

  • Johan Brand - Chief Entrepreneur, Chair & Founder, Kahoot!
  • Rama Gheerawo - Director, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, RCA

Building a global disability movement

  • Betsy Beaumon - Chief Product Officer, The Valuable 500
  • Larry Goldberg - Head of Accessibility, Yahoo!
  • Laura Allen - Head of Strategy, Accessibility & Disability Inclusion, Google
  • Carrie Hughes - Director of Social Innovation, Verizon

The brand value of accessibility

  • Phil Spencer - Executive Vice President, Gaming, Microsoft
  • Cindy Rose - President Western Europe, Microsoft
  • Rob Reilly - Global Chief Creative Officer, WPP


Wednesday 17 November: Policy


11:00 - 12:30 Keynote: Influencing Policy

EU Disability Strategy & UK Disability Strategy - an update

  • Alejandro Moledo - Head of Policy, Europen Disability Forum
  • Clive Gilbert - Policy Manager, Assistive Technology, PolicyConnect

Closing the Digital Divide for People with Learning Disabilities

  • Amy Low - Service Delivery Director, AbilityNet
  • Emma Stone - Director of Evidence & Engagement, Good Things Foundation
  • Priya Ramdas - Digital Skills and Inclusion Team Leader, Department of Culture Media and Sport
  • Robert Mclaren - Head of Assistive & Accessible Tech, PolicyConnect 

Building a diverse workplace

  • Amanda Wadsworth - Disability Policy Adviser, Department of Work and Pensions
  • Shanna Wendt - Vice President of Communications, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
  • Holly Addison - Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
  • Mark Russell - Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality Manager, KPMG


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Learn – workshops, show and tell

14:15 - 15:15 Inclusive hybrid workplaces

  • How do we ensure productivity and well-being in the blended workplace?
  • With Business Disability Forum, Microsoft, AbilityNet and others

14:15 - 15:15 Windows 11 and the Microsoft Inclusive Design Journey

Meet the team who have been building the accessibility features in the latest version of Windows

15:30 - 16:30 Designing Accessible Learning Content

  • How do we ensure that the learning resources are accessible to all?
  • Susi Miller, eLabs, Amy Low, AbilityNet, Diane Elkins, Co-Owner Artisan eLearning and eLearning uncovered, Todd Cummings, CRO eLearning Brothers, Sam Cook, Intellum, Paul Schneider PhD, dominKnow

15:30 - 16:30 Digital transformation: Making Tax Accessible

  • How do you build accessibility into large-scale digital transformation projects?
  • Presentations and panel discussion with HMRC, Quickbooks/Intuit and others

17:00 - 18:30 Keynote: How change happens

Disability representation and the power of social media

  • Emma Lawton - Co-Founder, More Human
  • Dom Hyams - Head of Strategy, Purple Goat Agency
  • Paula Carozzo - Advodate, Disabled Influencer and Model

How change happens

  • Vint Cerf - Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Haben Girma - Disability Justice Lawyer
  • Robin Christopherson MBE - Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet

How to make developers into accessibility allies?

  • Dona Sarkar - Director of Technology, Microsoft Accessibility
  • Tom Nabarro - Senior Software Engineer, Intel
  • Juanjo Montiel - Senior Software Development Engineer, Microsoft


18:30 - 19:30 Networking

Including speed networking, hosted networking and informal meetups: 

  • How to help digitally excluded people get confident using digital services
    Join AbilityNet, SeeAbility, Good Things Foundation and Keyring for a BYO cocktail hour chat with top tips for building confidence for how to help disabled people access online services and adapt their devices to meet their needs.
  • Accessible Mapping
    Jess Cahill and others at AbilityNet are hosting a meeting for anyone interested in how mapping and GIS tools can be used by disabled people Accessible maps.


Thursday 18 November: Accessibility Leadership

11:00 - 12:30 Keynote: How to win allies and influence people

Making change happen at scale

  • Ellie Runcie - Chief Design Officer, BBC
  • Jen Kozenski Devins - Head of Design, Accessibility & Disability Inclusion, Google

The accessibility journey

  • Ted Drake - Global Accessibility Leader, Intuit
  • Heather Hepburn - Accessibility Lead, SkyScanner

What do IT professionals think about accessibility?

  • Maggie Holland - Global Editorial Director & Head of Content, IT Pro
  • Sarah Botterill - Marketing Manager, Free Services, AbilityNet
  • Ritam Gandhi - Founder, Studio Graphene
  • Gerard McGovern - CIO, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Learn – workshops, show and tell

14:15 - 15:15 How to Build an Accessibility Champions Networks

Share ideas and top tips about building and growing a successful accessibility champions network.

  • With BBC, UbiSoft, Google and more

14:15 - 15:15 Accessible Music Production

  • With Digit Music and others TBC

15:30 - 16:30 How to Run Accessible Virtual Events

  • What are the options for accessible online events?
  • Join Attendable, AccessLoop, Business Disability Forum, Opsgilty and more

15:30 - 16:30 How to Use Accessibility Maturity Models

  • What Accessibility Maturity Models for? Who is using them?  What can they do for your organisation?
  • With Business Disability Forum, AbilityNet, Microsoft and others TBC

17:00 - 18:30 Keynote: The future of accessibility

GAAD Foundation

  • Joe Devon - Co-Founder, Diamond & GAAD
  • Jennison Asuncion - Co-Founder, GAAD

Accessible music production & performance: all music lovers can become music makers

  • Si Tew - Founder, Digit Music
  • Jess Fisher - Content Creator, Digit Music

Accessibility 2030: The future of accessibility and assistive technology

  • Christopher Lee - Managing Director, IAAP hosts a panel of accessibility leaders to discuss future trends for accessibility


  • All times are GMT/London

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